A loan of $3,275 helped a member to purchase 200 pineapple saplings and start a plantation.

Jonlhing Lom Group's story

Ngahhoi is one of the members who has been with “Jonlhing Lom” since 2009. She is the featured borrower member, on the extreme left with her hand raised.

She says with her inception in the group, she started raising pigs and also grows bananas on a large scale. She was able to purchase a used Jeep from the savings that she generated from her two businesses. She thanks her husband for his support and for bearing all the unfavourable circumstances when she initially started her business.

Ngahhoi lives with her husband and three children. She takes care of her family, manages the household chores and also raises pigs besides engaging with the banana plantation. She uses the Jeep for her business purposes. The Jeep is usually used as a public transport and also used by Ngahhoi to transport her banana produce into the main city to sell. Her sources of income are unreliable as it depends on the season and the market value.

She aspires to start a pineapple farm. She says the vast fields of the village are red soils and they are left untouched. Red soil on slopes is the best for pineapple, therefore she wants to buy pineapple saplings and start the plantation. She wants to start an export business for pineapple as the market value in other states of the country is double the rate in Imphal.

With the Kiva loan, Ngahhoi will purchase 200 pineapple saplings and start the plantation.

She also dreams of owning a paddy field of her own in the future. She and her husband do farming at rented paddy fields. Thus, she also plans to do some savings and buy a paddy field for the family.

She thanks WSDS and Kiva for the unconditional support and co-operation. She says she will always remain thankful. The rest of the group members are engaged in poultry, piggery, grocery shops and banana plantations.

In this group: Hoineilhing, Kimneilhing, Tingneilhing, Hatneng, Ngahhoi, Nengvah, Hoineilhing, Vahneikim, Kholneilam, Ngahhoi, Vahneichong, Kumari, Lhingneng

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